“Big Data” is another of the current buzzwords that you have probably heard if you follow the technology sector with any interest. But what does it mean?
This new book by authors Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier is the perfect introduction to Big Data for those intrigued by the concept. For anyone that doesn’t know, Big Data refers to our newly acquired ability to collect huge batches of digital information and analyse it instantly so that we can draw our own (sometimes surprising) conclusions from it.
The book covers both the benefits and risks of Big Data, plus the authors make suggestions about how to deal with common concerns like privacy issues and whether we might actually have a scenario in the future where individuals are punished preemptively before they even commit a crime.
So if you are interested in what the consequences of this hot technology trend will mean for the economy or for science, then I highly recommend giving this book a read. The authors clearly know their stuff!